The COVID-19 crisis has highlighted the need to keep preparedness supplies on hand for future emergencies. Shortages and supply chain disruptions have caused many organizations to conclude that the safest, smartest way to improve readiness is to acquire and store their own personal protective equipment, medications, medical equipment, and supplies.
These items take up a lot of space. Temporary storage solutions are acceptable in the short term, but well-planned long-term systems are essential to ensure readiness in the future. That’s because inconvenient storage can lead to disorganization, which in turn leads to lost or expired inventory, wasted time, and wasted space.
Because building an addition or a new facility is unrealistic for many businesses and institutions, it’s best to increase storage capacity in existing facilities. Designing effective long-term strategies in limited space requires the right products and the right planning process.
Space is already in high demand, and areas that are used for storage are spaces that could be used for patient care, training, or other activities.
Building an addition or a new facility is usually beyond the budget, so it’s best to increase storage capacity in existing storage areas.
PPE has a “best by” date, so inventory control processes are crucial to ensure that gear is always organized and in good condition.
Check out these PPE storage ideas to increase your long-term storage capacity for masks, gowns, gloves, and other preparedness gear.
Make the most of your existing space with Spacesaver high-density mobile storage systems. These systems consist of shelving or racking that moves along rails installed into or on top of the floor. By eliminating empty aisles, you can store about twice as many preparedness supplies in your existing storeroom or warehouse.
Every square foot of a healthcare facility that’s used for storage is space that could be used for patient care. Spacesaver mobile systems are a popular choice in hospitals, clinics, and pharmacies because they eliminate wasted aisle space and free up space for other uses.
Storing large amounts of supplies and equipment on pallets for rapid deployment requires a heavy-duty system with high capacity. Promote readiness with storage systems that streamline processes, ensure accountability, and make the most of limited storage space.
Effective long-term solutions require careful planning. As you begin thinking about optimizing your space, gather information about what needs to be stored, how much space the items will take up, and how much space is available for storage. Work across the facility to identify opportunities to consolidate stored items. Be sure to involve people who will use the storage areas so you can understand inventory processes and what equipment they might need to access all items.
Your local Spacesaver consultant can meet with you and your team to assess your space, gain an understanding of your needs, and provide insights and planning drawings.
When the plans are approved, your Spacesaver consultant will coordinate system installation by factory-certified technicians and facilitate user training to ensure that everyone understands how to safely use the system. Your local distributor will also take care of long-term maintenance and service.
The end result is a durable, well-designed system that will help your team prepare for any crisis.
Eliminating high-touch surfaces is one of the best ways to prevent disease transmission in the workplace. The TUSC™ Control app allows users to open and close aisles, browse and search for stored items, and view the system’s safety status – all from their personal devices, without touching the system’s control pads. The app is available on new and retrofitted Spacesaver powered systems.
When you need to be ready for anything, you need a complete storage solution that’s organized and accessible at a moment’s notice.
Here at Spacesaver, we’ve been helping clients save space, save time, and ensure security for nearly 50 years, and we’re always here to help you plan and prepare for the future. Contact us to get connected with your local Spacesaver consultant, who can assess your space, discuss your goals, and share insights to help you understand your options. The consultation is free and there’s no obligation, so start creating safer spaces today.